(Calling All Fire Chiefs)
- Would you work in a commercial building without proper fire code compliance?
- Would you live in a community without properly trained firefighters?
- Would you raise your family in a state without proper firefighting capability?
If any of the above were true right now… would this concern you?
Firefighting has come a long way in the last 30 years and standards are the main reason why risk and liability have been reduced; we all know and often take it for granted and if anyone ever questions standards and compliance, your Fire Department must take notice.
The industry knows the fire service has standards; NFPA, FUS, ISO, CAFI, IAFC, NIST, FEMA to name a few, yet every day our team hears the same thing over and over when talking to firefighters;
“We are not able to keep up with the standards unless we modernize.”
Like any industry, not being able to keep up is not good enough… because if you don’t keep up, you will not keep pace with today’s demand (which is, by definition, the expectation)! Other industries have already seen change and adapted in our everyday lives, you no longer need to deposit your paycheck through a bank teller, and can now simply tap a card to pay for groceries. It’s time that Fire Departments start using the latest technologies making their operations simpler, streamlined, and meet important fire standards.
It’s a challenge for today’s modern Fire Department to know your community’s risk and having data such as building information, hazards, occupancy, and more. Firefighters are not able to keep up unless they rethink their approach. Paper files, data collecting in the field using pen/paper, trying to use a record management system (RMS) for pre-plans and inspections, are all major risks being taken by Fire Departments today because it’s not working. Fire Chiefs and their departments must rethink how technology — like the smartphone in their pocket — can help! Smartphones are more powerful than the computer on your desk and even faster than a supercomputer, which sold for millions of dollars, just 20 years ago.
Protecting your community, meeting standards, reducing risk, and leveraging tools like your smartphone. It’s as easy as Kodak once said, “Just Point and Shoot”. Just last year, it was estimated that over 1.4 TRILLION photos were taken on smartphones, and a picture easily becomes 1,000 dispatched words!
Today’s modern Fire Department can easily be capturing real-time data, it’s already happening and being done, and communities are safer: just ask any department that has modernized!
“With (smart technology), our emergency crews now have instant access to hydrants, emergency shut-offs, protection equipment, maps, and more. Pre-incident planning carries many benefits for Emergency Responders and their community… This planning ahead can aid in reducing a community’s insurance rating, assist firefighters in reducing risk and ultimately save lives.” Central York Fire
“To save lives, protect properties and build safer communities”
After 30 years of personally helping fire departments modernize and adopt new ways to communicate and respond to emergencies, I know that today’s firefighter is now better positioned to prevent disasters from happening! Contact us to learn how to get caught up quickly with standards.
“The world is going digital and standards are getting more complex… digital platforms make it easier to have all information applied to the problem.” Jim Pauley, President NFPA.